Palai Bada


My dad is really picky about his food. This is one of his favorite. If you serve this, he’ll surely eat :)

1 handful of anchovies (fresh), drenched in lemon juice
2 handful of grated coconut
1 turmeric leave, sliced thinly
2 tbs chilly paste (amount is subject to your liking)
squeezed lime juice (amount is subject to  your liking)
banana leaves for wrapping (didiang*)

spice paste:
5 shallots
1-2 garlic
1 cm turmeric
1 cm ginger
Produce the spice paste in a blender or mortar


-Combine all ingredients and the spice paste
-Add salt to taste (if you like sugar, you can add it too :) )
-Drop 2 tbs of the mixture onto a clean banana leaf, roll it, and take toothpicks to secure the openings.
-Steam them for around 30 minutes
-Heat a crepe pan over a low heat (I guess you can also use other kinds of pan). Place the palai badas on top of it. Let them sit still until the banana leaves become a bit burnt (they are not supposed to be burnt, just a little burnt in here and there).

*didiang makes the banana leaves to be a lot easier to handle
-clean the banana leaves with a kitchen towel
-turn on your stove.
-Put the banana leaves on top of the fire. It will warm the banana leaves and turn its color into a slightly darker green. This does not take long at all. Dont burn your banana leaves :)

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